Lattes with Liv

Lattes with Liv: October 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


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I stole that hashtag from J. Crew because it's so so true. I love fall. It's my absolute favorite season and it's my favorite season to dress for! The changing of seasons always makes me want to shop & I'm bound and determined to hold on to fall as long as possible.

This season I'm lusting over cute ankle boots & cozy blanket scarves (that will take me into winter too!). I know my days are numbered with boots, as soon as snow hits I live in my bean boots for approximately 5 months (thanks Michigan). If I can find a great pair of ankle boots, I'm hoping to weather proof them so I can wear them for a couple of months! Also on my wish list? All of the flannel & an army green rain jacket. 

Shop my favorite picks:

What are your favorite trends for the season?

Monday, October 27, 2014

Halloween Costume Round Up

Since I've fallen off the radar a bit with Lattes with Liv and missed all of the golden opportunities for Halloween costumes (and since I don't have a costume myself yet!) I decided I would pull together a helpful roundup of ideas. If you already have a costume and want another, or if you're as behind as I am there's lots of easy ideas for you.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Holiday Prep

There are 64 days until Christmas Eve. That's just under 10 weeks until the holidays! Now, if that doesn't freak you out - props to you. It's more than a little troublesome to me. My best strategy to avoid chaos and last minute freak outs? Planning ahead. That means, planning now.

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Holiday shopping can be a bit of a daunting task. But starting early and breaking it up into smaller tasks makes it a lot more manageable.

Start with a list. (You all know how much I love my lists.) Having a list of everyone you need to give a gift to is the best place to start.

Then work on your budget. Everyone's budget's will be a little bit different since we're all in different financial situations. Each individual gift budget will be different too - you probably aren't going to spend the same amount on your parents & your boss!  Even though you don't know what you're going to buy each individual just yet, having an overall budget will help you stay on track to not spend outside your limits.

On a budget? Levo had a great article on 11 ways to save for the holidays in 12 weeks.

Back to your list! Start brainstorming gift options for everyone on your list. Can't think of anything? Not to worry! First off, there's always Pinterest. Second, Lattes with Liv will be bringing lots of gift guides to you in the coming weeks and months.

Have someone you're stumped on? Leave some information below in the comments & I'll work on incorporating them in the upcoming gift guides!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

101 in 1001

I've always been a fan of lists. So when I saw Mackenzie's 101 in 1001 list, I knew I had to create one of my own! I attempted (and pretty much failed) a 21st bucket list, but it taught me a lot about writing goals and determining my priorities in life before creating a list like this.

Start Date: 9/21/2014
End Date: 6/18/2017

For the sake of my brain, it's split into categories. Up first? Create & Learn:
  1. Learn adobe illustrator (7/15)
  2. Take an event planning class
  3. Have my writing published
  4. Try curling
  5. Learn to ice skate 
  6. Buy a DSLR camera (12/15)
  7. Learn how to use a DSLR camera
  8. Knit a scarf (12/15)
  9. Read a newspaper every day for a week
  10. Answer the 50 questions that will free your mind

  11. Create blog business cards & actually hand them out
  12. Buy a url for the blog
  13. Have Lattes with Liv professionally redesigned
  14. Publish {5} outfit posts on the blog
  15. Attend a blog conference
  16. Blog at least once a week for a year

    Growing Up
  17. Move into my first apartment
  18. Style a bar cart for my apartment
  19. Invest in {2} beautiful coffee table books
  20. Invest in a suit
  21. Create personal business cards (12/1/14)
  22. Get a post-grad job (12/15)
  23. Buy a stock (03/16)
  24. Reach a savings goal (9/15)
  25. Invest in a classic handbag
  26. Vote in a presidential & local election
  27. Decorate for the holidays
  28. Buy a piece of art 
  29. Make a birthday book with all my family & friends
  30. Create an address book

    Just Because
  31. Send {50} handwritten notes (42/50)
  32. Read {20} new books (3/20 - Gone Girl, Where'd You Go Bernadette?, Not That Kind of Girl)
  33. Put $10 into savings for each goal accomplished & donate $5 to charity for each unfinished goal 
  34. Complete {25} random acts of kindness 
  35. Volunteer twice a month for at least {3} months
  36. Send holiday cards
  37. Take a staycation
  38. Go skydiving or paragliding
  39. Go on a picnic
  40. Watch the sunrise on the beach 
  41. Inspire someone else to create a 101 in 1001 list

  42. Attend a horse race or polo match
  43. Watch all the movies on AFI's 100 Years, 100 Movies list 
  44. Go sailing
  45. Attend a MLB game
  46. Attend a NHL game
  47. Attend a NFL game
  48. See a musical (1/29/15 - Pippin, 9/27/15 - Cinderella)
  49. See a play
  50. Go to the Opera
  51. Attend a ballet
  52. Watch all of the best picture nominees before the Oscars air 
  53. Read {10} of the 50 classic novels from Matchbook Mag
  54. Visit {5} new museums (2/5 - Art Institute of Chicago, The Vatican)
  55. Go to a music festival
  56. Attend a film festival
  57. See a local play/production
  58. Attend a NYFW show
  59. See a TED Talk live (3/4/15 - TEDxMSU)
  60. Visit a new state (5/23/15 - Nebraska; 2/4/16 - Minnesota)
  61. Visit a new city (5/23/15 - Omaha; 2/4/16 - Minneapolis)
  62. Visit a new country 
  63. Visit a famous landmark I've never been to before (12/15 - Roman Colosseum) 
  64. See the northern lights

  65. Go wine tasting (10/11/14 - Coloma, MI)
  66. Learn {5} new recipes (04/16)
  67. Start a recipe book (12/09/14)
  68. Attend a beer festival (2/6/16)
  69. Determine my signature cocktail {and perfect making it}
  70. Determine my signature meal {and perfect making it}
  71. Find a favorite brunch spot
  72. Host a dinner party 
  73. Try {20} new restaurants (20/20)
  74. Only eat out twice during a month
  75. Tip a server 100%
  76. Visit {3} of the Bakeries You Must See Before You Die
  77. Bake a pie from scratch
  78. Attend a food festival

  79. Join an AOII alumna chapter
  80. Become a LifeLoyal AOII
  81. Attend an AOII convention

  82. Keep my nails painted for an entire month {bonus points for no chips}
  83. Exercise 2x per week for at least {3} months
  84. Establish a skin care routine (03/16)
  85. Run a 5K
  86. Become a Zumba instructor
  87. Learn how to do a blow out on myself
  88. Learn {3} new hairstyles
  89. Find my signature scent 
  90. Wake up at 6am every weekday for at least {2} weeks

  91. Graduate from MSU (12/15)
  92. Take graduation pictures {especially one with Sparty} (11/15)
  93. Attend a MSU baseball game (4/15 - MSU v. Lansing Lugnuts)
  94. Take a tour of Beaumont Tower
  95. Tour the Scandalaris Center
  96. Visit the MSU Museum
  97. See a show at Wharton (1/29/15 - Pippin)
  98. Go to Silver Bells in Lansing (11/15)
  99. Take a tour of the Capitol 
  100. Go to a planetarium show
  101. Watch the MSU Homecoming Parade (10/15)
Status: 24/101

Special thanks to all of those who inspired this list and help jump start my brain when I was out of ideas! CaitlinJuliannaTaylorJordanVaughnMollyeCarolineMikaMalloryKateRachelElizabeth & Meghan

Have I inspired you to create a list of your own? Let me know & I'll link up below!